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Oscar nominated film examines Somali life

Scoring an Oscar nomination is generally considered a career-changing achievement for any aspiring moviemaker.

It certainly feels that way for Toronto-bred producer Mino Jarjoura, who suspects the broad embrace of his 16-and-a-half-minute short Asad could jump start his feature-filmmaking ambitions.

“I still have moments (that feel) completely surreal,” Jarjoura says from his office in Los Angeles, where he produces TV commercials for the production house Hungry Man.

“It’s been surreal but it also feels like a major responsibility at this point to be nominated and put this film out there in the right way and have as many people see it and understand why it’s been nominated.”

Asad will compete for the best live action short trophy at Sunday’s Oscar bash. The film centres on a Somalian boy torn between life as a budding fisherman and the temptation to become a pirate.



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